The B6n near Abbenrode
|Length:||94 km (58 mi)|
|West end:||A 395|
|East end:||Bernburg (Saale)|
|States:||Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt|
The Bundesstraße 6n is a German federal road which was originally planned to be the A 36 motorway and is still currently under construction. It is intended to have four lanes running from the A 395 near Vienenburg through Wernigerode, Blankenburg, Quedlinburg, Aschersleben over the A 14 to Bernburg (Saale).
The designation B 6n has been given to distinguish it from the old B 6 and B 185 during the planning and construction phase. After it is opened to traffic and the old Bundesstraße is downgraded to a Landesstraße or Kreisstraßen the B 6n will be renumbered the B 6 from Goslar to Aschersleben, the remaining section to the A 14 will become the B 185. For the most part the signs have already been changed accordingly.
The B 6n is signed off the A 14 (Magdeburg–Halle/Leipzig) motorway at Bernburg motorway junction and, after Braunschweig (Brunswick), it joins the A 395 at the Vienenburg three-way interchange (Autobahndreieck). It is thus intended to link these two motorways and create a new east-west axis. It is also intended to relieve traffic on the A 2 by providing an alternative route. The B 6 is being downgraded; indeed it already has been in those sections where the B 6n has already been built and is no longer signed as a Bundesstraße or federal road.
From Vienenburg the B 6 continues as a 4-lane dual carriageway or Schnellstraße to Goslar and from there as the B 82, albeit no longer a Schnellstraße, to the A 7 motorway near Rhüden. During ultrasound testing on the route of the B 6n numerous sites of archaeological significance were found, including a burial hut (Totenhütte ) of the Bernburg culture near Benzingerode in the borough of Wernigerode.
The section between the three-way intersection at Vienenburg and Bernburg is already finished. This has relieved through traffic in the towns and villages by providing a motorway-like Schnellstraße or so-called "yellow motorway" (gelbe Autobahn).
The extension of the B 6n is in planning and will consiste of a ring road around Bernburg. In addition, there are preliminary investigations into an extension of the B 6 as far as the A 9 motorway. The route is intended to pass south of Köthen. The regional planning procedure for this was completed in 2001. The link to the A9 will be built near Thurland (about 5 kilometres south of the Dessau-Süd junction). There were thoughts about a further extension to Cottbus, but these have been put aside, because it was assessed that this route would not be used by a lot of traffic.
At present the B 6n is open from the west i.e. Goslar as far as the Bernburg junction.
Since 11 July 2007 planning and building law applies to all 13 sections (as far as the A 14).
However complaints were made to the Federal Administrative Court against the planning decision for section 13.3 (between Ilberstedt and the A 14). This legal dispute ended on 5 November 2008 with a court-proposed settlement agreement.
According to the court decision all applications for the B 6n gained governmental approval, which meant that the B 6n could be completed in the direction of the A 14 and lengthened as far as Bernburg. This last section was opened to traffic on 11 December 2011.
The B 6n passes through the following administrative regions:
- Lower Saxony
- Goslar district
- Goslar district
- Harz district
- ddp Basisdienst: Baugenehmigung für neue Abschnitte der Bundesstraße 6n erteilt, 11 July 2007
- Bundesverwaltungsgericht: Pressemitteilung 76/2008: Weiterer Lärmschutz beim Bau der B 6n bei Güsten/Ilberstedt, 5 November 2008